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Dallas Bar to host Louis Freeh for Law Day Celebration

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 11:41

The Dallas Bar Association will host Louis Freeh as the special guest speaker for the association’s Law Day celebrating at noon May 3.

Freeh, an attorney and judge who served as FBI director from 1993-2001, will be interviewed by DBA President Aaron Tobin.

The program will also include an opportunity for attorney participants to renew their oaths. The oath renewal will be led by Judge Jim Ho, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Attendees will receive 1 MCLE credit hour.

Supporters of the Law Day Celebration include the Austin Bar Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association, Bell County Bar Association, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, El Paso Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Association, San Antonio Bar Association, and Tarrant County Bar Association.

The Law Day Celebration will be broadcast via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public. Register for the event here.

Austin Bar Association to hold Equity Summit

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 16:46

The Austin Bar Association will hold an Equity Summit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14, 2021, via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will include a mindfulness exercise and panels on implicit bias, the roots of racism in Austin, the Tim Cole Act, how to reduce the justice gap through pro bono work, and how attorneys can leverage their power to create a more equitable community. A discussion on institutional racism embedded in the Austin Land Code will focusing on the lasting impacts and potential remedies will also be held.

Guest speakers include former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson; former Austin City Councilmember Ora Houston; community advocate and former Austin Independent School District trustee Paul Saldaña; Karen Kennard, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig and former Austin city attorney; Innocence Project of Texas co-founder and Executive Director Mike Ware; Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Executive Director Alisa De Luna; Manuel Quinto-Pozos, a partner in Deats, Durst & Owen; City of Austin Chief Equity Officer Brion Oaks; and American Gateways Assistant Executive Director Edna Young.

The summit is the culmination of nearly a year of work by the Austin Bar Equity Committee. The committee organized events over the course of the past year, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a 21-Day Racial Equity-Habit Building Challenge, a screening of “13th,” book club discussions on So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo and How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, and other events.

To register for the event, go to austinbar.org.

Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises approximately $448,000

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:22

The Texas Access to Justice Commission with its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, honored veterans throughout the state at the 2021 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans on April 6, 2021, via YouTube. This year, the commission raised approximately $448,000 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans.

Texas Supreme Court Justices Eva Guzman and Brett Busby, both court liaisons to the commission, were masters of ceremony and welcomed guests to the virtual event. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht and former Texas Supreme Court Justices Deborah Hankinson and Harriet O’Neill talked about the history of the commission, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the importance of providing civil legal services to low-income Texans.

The following award recipients were recognized: Beth Mitchell and Allison Eichenfeld Neal both received the James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award, R. Paul Yetter received the Harry M. Reasoner Justice for All Award, and Fred Fuchs received the Emily C. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Chair Harry M. Reasoner introduced keynote speaker Gen. Larry O. Spencer, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force who retired in 2015 after 44 years of distinguished service to the U.S., having earned the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. Spencer said he tries to support those whom he thinks are the backbone of the military—the enlisted. He talked about three enlisted men who were all injured during combat, in Japan for medical assistance (two were sent there and one was already stationed there), and then ultimately landed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland for recovery and treatment, where they met and became lifelong friends. The third man was Spencer’s father, and these three gentlemen grew up in Spencer’s home. He saw them all the time and grew up listening to their stories, things they had to go through as young soldiers. “What is fascinating to me about those three gentlemen is that they never complained,” Spencer said. “I never heard them say anything bad about their experiences. All three of them wanted to do one thing—and that is they wanted to serve our country.” Spencer said that all three were Purple Heart recipients and stayed in the U.S. Army for 20 years. “Those three gentlemen are the reason I joined the military,” Spencer said. “Because they instilled this sense of patriotism in me and they instilled in me this sense of love for our country and that it’s all about responsibility to make this country as strong as it can be.”

Spencer said it wasn’t until later in life that his father told him he attended a group that helped him with his PTSD from the Korean War. His father said back then you were told to suck it up and not complain. Spencer said he was thankful for all of the resources now available to veterans and thankful for all work by the commission. For more information about the Texas Access to Justice Commission, go to texasatj.org.

Above: Gen. Larry O. Spencer, retired. Photo by Michael Pausic

In Memoriam – February and March 2021

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:23

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in February and March 2021 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy.

J. Mike Amerson, 64, of Houston, died September 16, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990.
Mary Jean Audette, 92, of Fall River, Massachusetts, died January 13, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
Mary L. Porter Bailey, 67, of Austin, died February 11, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979.
Bill J. Ballard, 94, of Santa Rosa, California, died January 28, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Mauro Barreiro, 71, of Palmhurst, died September 7, 2020. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987.
Melvin Gray Bateman Jr., 74, of Athens, died January 13, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971.
John Bennett Jr., 73, of Houston, died December 27, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
Barton Edward Bernstein, 90, of Frisco, died December 19, 2020. He received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957.
Lillian Blancas, 47, of El Paso, died December 7, 2020. She received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2009.
George T. Bond, 79, of Spring, died January 3, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974.
Jamie C. Boyd, 92, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died February 5, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958.
Thomas M. Braniff, 75, of Houston, died February 12, 2021. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970.
Felix J. Burton Jr., 80, of Houston, died January 21, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965.
Tom M. Cain Jr., 90, of Canton, Michigan, died January 11, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954.
Lucien B. Campbell, 77, of Bulverde, died June 30, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
Cathy Cochran, 76, of Wimberley, died February 7, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
William Van Conover II, 83, of Houston, died January 13, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962.
Jim Berl Craft, 86, of Kyle, died February 12, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
Charles N. Curry, 79, of Fort Worth, died January 21, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Daniel W. Daly III, 78, of Houston, died January 15, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Frank Barrett Davis, 92, of Houston, died November 28, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958.
Patricia Davis, 67, of Dallas, died January 11, 2021. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2002.
Peter De Rose, 73, of Austin, died January 21, 2021. He received his law degree form the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986.
John M. Deaver II, 82, of Memphis, died September 4, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
Samuel Dibrell, 79, of San Antonio, died January 4, 2021. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971.
Marcus L. Dobbs, 62, of Houston, died February 17, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985.
William Dale Dupree, 77, of Benbrook, died June 16, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
R.E. Edwards, 83, of Duncanville, died January 18, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962.
Edgar Egeland, 87, of Temple, died February 11, 2021. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979.
Roland R. Esparza, 53, of San Antonio, died January 22, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993.
David E. Fast, 75, of Del City, Oklahoma, died October 11, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983.
Dawn Brunner Finlayson, 68, of San Antonio, died February 13, 2021. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978.
A. Robert Fischer, 63, of Lakeway, died February 13, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
Thomas Flynn, 49, of Richardson, died July 17, 2020. He received his law degree from the USC Gould School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2009.
Walter M. Fortenberry Jr., 64, of Porter, died February 21, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985.
Shelia Jeanne Fox, 52, of Grand Prairie, died January 24, 2021. She received her law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2005.
Lonnie W. Fugit, 71, of Pearland, died December 20, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977.
Delwin D. Fullen, 73, of Houston, died December 26, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
David Edward Garner, 71, of League City, died January 18, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974.
John E. Gay, 91, of McKinney, died January 26, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954.
Arthur S. Gerson, 66, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, died February 12, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.
Jacqueline Moore Gifford, 81, of Houston, died January 15, 2021. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988.
Arch Burton Gilbert, 87, of Fort Worth, died January 18, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960.
Jeffrey Warren Gillespie, 64, of Houston, died February 13, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981.
Frank Gilstrap, 78, of Austin, died January 17, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
R. Jack Grant, 91, of Abilene, died February 16, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
Donald R. Gray, 86, of Forney, died January 24, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
Sharon D. Groth, 73, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died February 16, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.
Hans Robert Hansen, 88, of Pampa, died February 27, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986.
Jerrilyn Hardaway, 58, of Houston, died January 8, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993.
Bruce L. Harlan, 61, of Littlefield, died November 11, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985.
William H. Harriger II, 69, of Lubbock, died December 27, 2020. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976.
Larry Hayes, 81, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died December 30, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978.
John B. Henderson Jr., 86, of Cameron, died March 4, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960.
Joan Herring, 67, of Houston, died February 18, 2021. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986.
Jeptha P. Hill, 78, of Round Rock, died January 10, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974.
James V. Hoeffner, 67, of Austin, died March 6, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.
W. Lamoine Holland, 87, of San Antonio, died December 23, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963.
James Howard, 79, of Flint, died January 9, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez, 65, of Austin, died March 5, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979.
Michael C. Inabnett, 73, of Conroe, died January 13, 2021. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
Jimmy D. Ivy, 83, of Dallas, died February 26, 2021. He received his law degree from University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962.
Glenn Edward Janik, 43, of McKinney, died December 8, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2002.
Bonnie L. Johnson, 62 of Dallas, died October 17, 2020. She received her law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
James M. Johnson, 76, of San Antonio, died January 5, 2021. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970.
Lewis Jones, 79, of Buda, died August 11, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970.
Scott Kelly, 65, of Bryan, died January 27, 2021. He received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988.
Oliver S. Kitzman, 86, of Pattison, died January 14, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965.
Stella Ortiz Kyle, 70, of San Antonio, died January 31, 2021. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987.
Floyd A. Landrey, 86, of Kingwood, died February 12, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961.
Marigny Lanier, 70, of Dallas, died January 4, 2021. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975.
Michael Lee, 74, of Houston, died January 28, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
Jane H. Lerner, 73, of Bozeman, Montana, died December 16, 2020. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979.
M. Mark Lesher, 75, of Mount Pleasant, died January 30, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
Craig P. Lesser, 59, of Brenham, died January 8, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987.
O. Clayton Lilienstern, 77, of Bellaire, died January 11, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Donald Lee Linker, 83, of Houston, died February 12, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
Peter Linzer, 81, of Houston, died December 13, 2020. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986.
Robert W. Little, 79, of Longview, died January 15, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
John Lively, 78, of Fort Worth, died March 2, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Paul E. Lokey, 81, of Dallas, died December 20, 2020. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Peter M. Lowry, 79, of Austin, died January 31, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
John-Peter Lund, 52, of Leander, died February 3, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2006.
Earle P. Martin III, 65, of Houston, died December 31, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.
Philip R. Martinez, 63, of El Paso, died February 26, 2021. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982.
Robert G. McCain III, 78, of Dallas, died January 14, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Michael E. McClendon, 70, of Austin, died February 27, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
W.T. McDonald Jr., 81, of Bryan, died February 17, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965.
Michael A. McEnrue, 73, of Houston, died March 3, 2021. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981.
Bradford L. Moore, 68, of Brownfield, died January 2, 2021. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978.
James Steele Moore, 83, of Austin, died January 1, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956.
Yasmin Mullings, 56, of Frisco, died January 17, 2021. She received her law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2020.
David Jerome Nagle, 95, of Austin, died January 26, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958.
Douglas Franklin Ocker, 67, of Corpus Christi, died February 8, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2001.
Denise G. Perkins, 60, of Granbury, died October 2, 2020. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1996.
David Bob Person, 80, of Holly Springs, Mississippi, died January 28, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971.
Gerald Emile Pitchford, 85, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died February 18, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Ray L. Pollock, 100, of Duncanville, died February 13, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951.
Theodore J. Ralph, 90, of San Antonio, died February 22, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979.
Robert Lee Ramsey, 91, of Houston, died November 4, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970.
Joe Houston Rentz Jr., 77, of Houston, died January 16, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
James F. Rogers, 73, of Dallas, died February 15, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976.
James A. Rolfe, 80, of Dallas, died February 26, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Robert P. Rose, 90, died November 30, 2020. He received his law degree from George Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982.
William R. Savage, 76, of Meadowlakes, died February 7, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969.
Nathan Butler Schattman, 50, of Fort Worth, died December 28, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994.
Pierre Schlumberger, 78, of New Braunfels, died October 1, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Sue Schwartz, 75, of Houston, died January 22, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997.
William G. Shaw, 78, of Mullin, died January 9, 2021. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970.
George A. Shelburne, 81, of Dallas, died February 15, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Dwight A. Shupe, 74, of Fort Worth, died December 30, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982.
Clyde Moody Siebman, 62, of Pottsboro, died March 5, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
Bruce D. Smith, 86, of Houston, died February 21, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Halmond Stanfield, 91, of Laredo, died February 18, 2021. He received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959.
Charles Staub Jr., 33, of Houston, died December 31, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2017.
Charles K. Stephenson, 86, of Kerrville, died September 5, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Don Stokes, 79, of Tyler, died January 20, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965.
William Frederick Stolhandske, 84, of San Antonio, died March 1, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Cecil Strong, 86, of San Antonio, died July 30, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
Jeptha C. Tatum III, 76, of Bryan, died January 20, 2021. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
Kenneth M. Taylor, 91, of Karnack, died March 4, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963.
Charles Tennison, 79, of San Antonio, died January 18, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Donna Tag Thomas, 88, of Pasadena, died January 14, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
Edwin J. Tomko, 76, of Dallas, died June 17, 2020. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985.
Raleigh Houston Van Trease, 59, of Austin, died January 17, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1991.
Glenn Vance, 64, of Paige, died December 11, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989.
Vincent H. Vermooten, 82, of Lawrence, Kansas, died January 3, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Robert W. Wachsmuth, 78, of San Antonio, died December 15, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Earl Raymon Waddell III, 77, of Colleyville, died February 1, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985.
Ben A. Wallis Jr., 84, of San Antonio, died January 14, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966.
Robert H. Walls, 89, of Houston, died January 21, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956.
Harris S. Wood, 83, of Alexandria, Virginia, died January 4, 2021. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Jon Clair Wood, 78, of San Antonio, died February 23, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
Nick D. Woodall, 64, of Terrell, died May 21, 2020. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981.
John R. Wright, 92, of Grand Prairie, died December 20, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954.
Donald K. Young, 88, of New Braunfels, died January 16, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960.

If you would like to have a memorial for a loved one published in the Texas Bar Journal, please go to texasbar.com/memorials. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Texas Bar Journal at 512-427-1701 or toll-free at 800-204-2222, ext. 1701.

Public hearing on State Bar budget set for April 6

Thu, 04/01/2021 - 15:40

The State Bar of Texas will hold a virtual public hearing on its proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year at 9 a.m. CDT April 6.

To sign up to speak during the meeting, please email cbarber@texasbar.com or call 800-204-2222, ext. 1416 (toll free) before 5 p.m. CDT April 5.

The public can watch the meeting on the State Bar’s YouTube channel. More information about State Bar finances is available at texasbar.com/finances.

State Bar Executive Committee to meet April 6

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 15:17

The State Bar of Texas Executive Committee will meet at 10 a.m. CDT April 6. All State Bar members and the public may watch the meeting on the State Bar of Texas YouTube channel.

Among items on the agenda are:

  • 4d. Action: Consider and discuss approval of the creation of an Advertising Review Task Force
  • 4e. Action: Consider and discuss approval of the creation of a Workgroup on Texas Lawyer Needs Arising from the 2020 Pandemic and 2021 Winter Storm.
  • 7b. Action: Consider approval of the State Bar of Texas 2021-22 proposed budget for presentation to the Supreme Court.
  • 15b. Action: Consider and discuss approval of the proposed amendments to MCLE Accreditation Standards.

View the full agenda here. Materials for the meeting can be found here.

To sign up to speak during the meeting, please email amy.starnes@texasbar.com or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1706 (toll free) before 5 p.m. CDT on April 5.

2021 Elections: Watch ‘A Minute with the Candidates’ Now

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 08:52

“A Minute with the Candidates” Video Series 

Voting in the 2021 elections for State Bar of Texas president-elect and open district director positions starts tomorrow, April 1, and ends at 5 p.m. CDT on April 30. To help you get to know the president-elect candidates better, we’ve produced a four-part video series, “A Minute with the Candidates,” featuring short interviews with Sara Dysart and Laura Gibson. 

The series concludes today with the video linked below. Watch to learn how the candidates decided to become a lawyer. All four videos in the series can be viewed at  texasbar.com/elections  and on the  State Bar’s YouTube channel

For information on voting in the 2021 elections, go to texasbar.com/elections—and watch your mailboxes and email inboxes for your paper and electronic ballots. All lawyers who are active and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas are eligible to vote in State Bar elections. 

Get to know the president-elect candidates by clicking on the video link below. 

2021 Elections: A Minute with the President-elect Candidates, Part 3

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 08:15

Learn more about the State Bar of Texas 2021 president-elect candidates—Sara Dysart, of San Antonio, and Laura Gibson, of Houston—through our four-part video series, “A Minute with the Candidates.”

In today’s third video of the series, the candidates answer the question: “What do you do to recharge your batteries so that you can serve your clients?”

If you missed the first two videos of the series, check them out at texasbar.com/elections or our YouTube channel. The fourth video will be released on Wednesday, March 31.

Subscribe to the State Bar’s email newsletter to get a link each day the videos are posted, along with other legal news of interest to Texas lawyers.

Be sure to check back with us tomorrow for the last video!

Get to know the president-elect candidates by clicking on the video link below.

President-elect candidate forum available for on-demand viewing

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 15:30

The candidates for 2021-2022 State Bar of Texas president-elect participated in a virtual forum on March 25 sponsored by the state’s metro bar associations. Video of the forum, which was approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit, is available to watch on demand here.

Candidates Sara Dysart, of San Antonio, and Laura Gibson, of Houston, discussed their qualifications for office, plans for the future, and the challenges facing the State Bar and the profession during a discussion moderated by Jo Ann Merica, of Austin.

The Austin Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, San Antonio Bar Association, and Tarrant County Bar Association sponsored the event.

Lawyers who are active and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas will vote in president-elect and district director races from April 1 to 30. For more information about the elections, go to texasbar.com/elections.

South Texas College of Law Houston adds five members to board of directors

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 13:50

The South Texas College of Law Houston added five new members to its board of directors.

New members are Michael E. Cokinos and law school alumni Aparna Dave, Ephraim del Pozo, Mary-Olga Lovett, and Aaron M. Reimer.

“We are proud to welcome five exceptional new board members to South Texas College of Law Houston,” said Michael F. Berry, South Texas College of Law Houston president and dean, in a press release. “The new board members bring a wealth of business and legal experience to their leadership roles at our nearly 100-year-old law school. From expertise in domestic and international energy, to corporate law, finance, intellectual property litigation, and family law, these new members of the STCL Houston family ideally are positioned to support the law school’s strategic plan leading into our centennial celebration in 2023.”

Cokinos, president and CEO of Cokinos Energy Corporation, currently serves on the Texas Medical Board Executive Committee as secretary and treasurer and is a current member of the Texas A&M University-Galveston Board of Visitors.

Dave is managing counsel to Wells Fargo Bank in Houston where she serves on the DEI Council and Pro Bono Committee. Dave also serves on the board of the National Park Trust, the Practice Pro’s Diversity Scholar Program Advisory Board, and is a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2015 fellow.

Del Pozo is an attorney at Porter Hedges in Houston. He is director of the Mexican Bar Association of Houston and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association.

Lovett is senior vice president of Greenberg Traurig with operational responsibilities for the firm’s Texas offices and serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

Reimer is a partner in Jenkins & Kamin in Houston. He is certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Reimer is president of the South Texas College of Law Houston Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has served as a contributing member of the alumni association board of directors and Young Alumni Council since 2014.

For more information about South Texas College of Law Houston, go to stcl.edu.

2021 Elections: A Minute with the President-elect Candidates, Part 2

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 08:06

Get to know your State Bar of Texas 2021 president-elect candidates, Sara Dysart, of San Antonio, and Laura Gibson, of Houston, through our four-part video series, “A Minute with the Candidates.”

In today’s second video of the series, the candidates discuss what was most challenging, whether personally or professionally, during the pandemic for them. The last two videos will be released on Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31.

If you missed the first video of the series, check it out at texasbar.com/elections or our Youtube channel.

Subscribe to the State Bar’s email newsletter to get a link each day the videos are posted, along with other legal news of interest to Texas lawyers.

Get to know the president-elect candidates by clicking on the video link below.

 

Virtual new lawyers induction ceremony set for May 10

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 10:27

Editor’s Note: The Texas Board of Law Examiners released the following announcement.

The State Bar of Texas is planning to hold a virtual swearing-in ceremony on May 10, 2021.

Eligible February 2021 and March 2021 examinees will receive an invitation through ATLAS to register for the ceremony.

Guests are invited to watch the ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/SupremeCourtofTexas.

 

 

2021 Elections: A Minute with the President-elect Candidates

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 08:01

Voting in the 2021 elections for State Bar of Texas president-elect and open district director positions will take place April 1-30.

To help you get to know the president-elect candidates better, today we’re launching a four-part video series, “A Minute with the Candidates,” featuring short interviews with Sara Dysart and Laura Gibson.

In today’s installment, the candidates discuss the silver linings they’ve experienced during the pandemic. The other installments will be released on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week at and on the .

Subscribe to the State Bar’s email newsletter to get a link each day the videos are posted, along with other legal news of interest to Texas lawyers.

Get to know the president-elect candidates by clicking on the video link below.

Free CLE teaches attorneys how to help with FEMA appeals in wake of winter storm

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 15:44

Several legal services organizations are sponsoring a free online CLE to teach Texas attorneys how to assist with FEMA appeals. The program, FEMA Appeals 101: How to do a Common FEMA Appeal, will take place at noon on April 9 via Zoom. It is designed for pro bono attorneys interested in helping those affected by Winter Storm Uri.

Program presenters are seasoned attorneys who work with Texas legal aid organizations and who have experience handling FEMA appeals. The need for pro bono attorneys to help with FEMA appeals generally peaks around 60- to 90 days after a federal disaster declaration. The CLE is created and sponsored by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

Use the QR code here to register for this free one-hour CLE.
Find pro bono opportunities, mentors, resources, and the new online pro bono portal at Pro Bono Texas — probonotexas.org.

State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section announces 2021 Texas Law Student Writing Competition winners

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:59

The State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section announced that Taylor Feldt, of SMU Dedman School of Law, took first place in the 2021 Texas Law Student Writing Competition. Brooke López, of UNT Dallas College of Law, earned second place honors.

Feldt’s essay “Are Men and Women Treated Equally in the Workplace?: A Pregnant Question,” earned her the 2021 Harriet E. Miers Writing Competition Award and $1,000 toward law school educational expenses.

López’s essay “Title IX and Tampons: How the Department of Education is Failing Menstruators Nationwide,” earned the second place honor and includes $500 for law school educational expenses.

The section sought essays for identifying and analyzing legal challenges for women in Texas and/or nationwide based on recent news reports.

The competition was designed with the goals of helping participating Texas law school students prepare to tackle legal and societal challenges after graduation and strengthen their written advocacy skills, increasing awareness of and involvement with the section, and furthering the section’s mission.

For more information about the Women and the Law Section, go to txwomenlawsection.org.

Tarrant County Bar Association to host student panel on diversity and inclusion

Tue, 03/23/2021 - 11:31

The Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Committee will host a panel of law students to discuss diversity and inclusion at noon on March 25. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

As part of the SIDE (Striving for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity inside the) Bar Conversation Series, the law student-led discussion will focus on what future lawyers see as critical for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal field.

Panelists include moderator Herschel Bowens, diversity council student liaison at Texas A&M University School of Law; Arielle Williams, a 3L at Texas A&M University School of Law; Emile Lopez, a student at UNT Dallas College of Law; and Kristy Uyen Le, a 3L at Texas A&M University School of Law.

Discussion topics will include what barriers students see in applying to law schools and creating a successful legal career.

To register for the seminar, go to tarrantbar.org/SIDEbar7. The event is co-hosted by the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association and Black Women Lawyers Association.

Frank Stevenson elected Western States Bar Conference president

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 17:31

Frank Stevenson, of Locke Lord in Dallas and a past president of the State Bar of Texas, has been elected as president of the Western States Bar Conference.

The WSBC is a forum for the interchange of ideas among the leaders of the 15 WSBC member states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). The two-and-a-half day conference includes discussion on cutting-edge issues for the legal profession, bar governance, and how best to manage bar associations.

The WSBC president works collaboratively with the executive director of the current conference host state to develop programming and themes in consultation with other bar leaders.

Stevenson previously served as WSBC president-elect and vice president.

For more information about WSBC, go to westernstatesbarconference.com.

Texas Bar Foundation selects four Outstanding 50 Year Lawyers

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 11:17

The Texas Bar Foundation has selected Allan DuBois, Kelly Frels, Harriet Miers, and Terry Tottenham to receive Outstanding 50 Year Lawyers Awards.

The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.

Clockwise, from top left: Allan DuBois, Kelly Feels, Terry Tottenham, and Harriet Miers.

DuBois is a solo practitioner in San Antonio. He is actively engaged in trial work and enjoying serving as a credentialed mediator. DuBois is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, volunteers for Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, and currently is chair-elect of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.

Frels is currently of counsel to Bracewell in Houston. He is considered by many as the “father of Texas school law.” Frels previously chaired the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and is a Texas Bar Foundation sustaining life fellow.

Miers is a partner in Locke Lord in Dallas. She currently serves on the Texas Access to Justice Commission, as co-chair of the Legal Services Corporation Leaders Council, and chairs the Center for American and International Law Board of Directors.

Tottenham is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright US in Austin. He has been certified in personal injury and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1987 and is certified in civil pretrial practice and trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Tottenham launched Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, which provides pro bono legal services to needy veterans and their families—the program has since been replicated in all 50 states.

All four recipients are past presidents of the State Bar of Texas.

The four are slated to be honored at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner on June 18, 2021, at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.

State of Judiciary Address to be broadcast Tuesday

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 09:51

The State of the Judiciary Address by Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht will be broadcast online at noon on Tuesday, March 23.

To watch, tune in at the State Judiciary website at txcourts.gov/soj.

Women and the Law Section seeks awards nominations

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:10

The State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section is seeking nominations for the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award and the Louise B. Raggio Award.

The Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award honors women attorneys who have achieved outstanding recognition in the profession and paved the way for others. More information on award criteria can be found here.

The Louise B. Raggio Award honors attorneys (and legal associations) that further justice in our society, particularly for women. More information on award criteria can be found here.

Nomination letters or statements and the nominee’s resume can be submitted by email to sbotwomenandthelaw@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is April 23.

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